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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2023-2025 Academic Programs Health Psychology Concentration  

Health Psychology Concentration

Health Psychology Specialization

The purpose of the health psychology specialization at GSAPP is to promote the advancement of, and formalize the competencies for, graduate training in clinical health psychology and integrated behavioral medicine. Health psychology applies psychological theory, methods, and treatment to understand and promote physical health. Health psychology is based on the biopsychosocial model, which posits that biological, psychological, and social processes are centrally and interactively involved in physical health and illness. This initially provocative premise has fueled major advances in psychology, medicine, nursing, and public health over the past 25 years.


The concentration in health psychology has the following objectives:

  1. Introduce students to the field of health psychology
  2. Provide a range of coursework in theoretical, methodological, and applied areas of health psychology so that students can individualize their learning of particular areas of health psychology.
  3. Encourage students to engage in health psychology-related research and applications and prepare them for careers in health psychology.
Health Psychology Faculty Sponsor

Kristen Riley, Ph.D.

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